Man-woman relationships -- France -- Drama, Marriage -- France -- Drama, Marseille (France) -- Social life and customs -- Drama, Unmarried mothers -- France -- Drama


New Digital Restoration

  • Introduction

    Chef, author, and proprietor of Chez Panisse


Raimu, Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay, Charpin,

Come early for a themed lunch at Babette before the screening!

The Fanny Trilogy is ostensibly concerned with the passions of the youngsters, Marius and Fanny, but it is the older generation who dominate. They are the spinners of fantasy, theirs the impossible logic and fast-talking energy that are life itself in this quayside community. This is true from the sidewalk gents who take bets on the melodrama unfolding before them, to Fanny’s manipulating Mama, to Panisse, and especially César. Orson Welles once called Raimu the greatest actor of the cinema, and it is Raimu’s presence that pulls the threads of this twenty-year saga into a beautiful whole. The second film in the trilogy may be Fanny’s tragedy, but it is César’s story, as he asserts his strange wisdom and his mad love to create something marvelous—a family—out of characters who are all “at sea.”

Judy Bloch
  • Marcel Pagnol
  • Nicolas Toporkoff
  • Roger Hubert
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 127 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection
Additional Info
  • New digital restoration courtesy of Nicolas Pagnol, in partnership with Janus Films.

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Post-Thanksgiving recipe: French fare (article), Berkeleyan, 2004

On DVD : Trilogy is worth the wait (review), Los Angeles Times, 2004

Marcel Pagnol's Provence (program note), Pacific Film Archive, Judy Bloch, 1995

French film, texts and contexts (book excerpt), Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ginette Vincendeau, 1990

Fanny (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Fanny (program note)

Fanny (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar

The Fanny trilogy (distributor materials), Kino International Corporation

Marius, Fanny, César (article)

Pagnol (flyer), Castro Theatre

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